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shreve

shreve
Date Joined: April 22, 2014
Last Online: July 22, 2024
Birthday: July 18
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi everyone! I'm Laura. Had some health challenges and a major life change a few years ago and was absent from swapping for a bit. Feeling more settled these days and looking to get my creative life back on track, I am 56 years old and I am a wife and a mother of four adults (only one still at home). So basically an empty nester. Untill recently I lived in Central New Jersey, USA. I just moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in November of 2022. Wilmington is a fun coastal town close to the border of South Carolina. I work as a graphic designer for a sign shop & I am a stylist for Color Street (message me and I will send you a free set to try) I love all kinds of crafts, was an avid scrapbooker and paper crafter. and have moved on to Zentangle, collage and visible mending. Really I like to play with anything that catches my fancy and makes me feel creative.

My favorite color is green...but I really like all colors and use them all in my crafts.

Since moving to the beach I have been attracted to all things ocean and beach. Especially shells and octopus and fish images.

I have been doing a lot of collage lately so vintage book pages, cool images, stamped papers, and items I can use in my creations are always appreciated.

I also love images of lotus flowers, anchors, vintage images like old typewriters, phones, mason jars, light bulbs, anything really.

I also have a love for polka dots. All my craft storage bags are black with white polka dots. I was looking through my paper the other day and noticed so much of it is also polka dots.

Just a note: I usually send my swaps out quickly often within a few days of partners being assigned and I rate quickly too. If I didn't rate you...I probably didn't get it yet. If you are waiting for a swap or rating from me please let me know:)

Also, I love real stamps and prefer to use them for most swaps. I have started collecting vintage unused postage for this purpose. However, for many large or international swaps... I am sorry but I often do not use stamps. The metered mail at my post office allows me to get tracking and proof of mailing. My post office is very cranky and gets annoyed at me for using stamps. So I am sorry if occasionally you will get swaps from me with metered postage.

Craft Loves

I love washi and deco tape. All colors. I do tend to go for patterns over solids.

Washi Stickers are a new favorite.

Would love some music paper or foreign language items for collage.

Address labels & air mail stickers are always appreciated.

I really enjoy decorating my envelopes and packages, so anything like cutouts, ephemera, fun pens, decorative paper napkins, or things I can use to decorate them will make my day.

I also enjoy making my own envelopes out of recycled paper items like shopping bags & magazine pages.

Also, with all the notes and letters I am writing to go along with my outgoing swap-bot packages... stationary items would always be welcome.

Recently have started visible mending on clothes so fabric scraps, embroidery floss, lace and appliqués are always on my wish list.

Swap Loves

Post cards Swaps: I do not collect them (...yet) but love participating in postcard swaps. I don't care what is on them. I have a good sense of humor so even funny and bizarre ones are welcome! I also really enjoy creative handmade post cards that are made with care.

Mail Art: I love creative envelopes and packaging. I love to decorate everything I send out and was doing it long before I joined swap-bot even just drawing on them with sharpies. I also used to make a lot of postcards and mail when I was studying in college to send to friends made out of bizarre upcycled things. It is so much fun. So if you enjoy creating mail art too I would love it:)

Favorite Books

I do a lot of reading. I like all kinds of books. I love to read mostly fiction and often what my friends or kids are reading so we can talk about it. I do like to read some non-fiction books and biographies too. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Barbara Kingsolver, & Coleen Hoover. Always love a good book recommendation.

Favorite Music

I like all music really. I can listen to anything from classical to rap. My playlists are filled with such a wild mix and I love to put it on shuffle and let it go.My all time favorite band is Pink Floyd.

Favorite Movies and Television

I love all kinds of movies. I especially like thrillers that keep you guessing. I also love science fiction movies and time travel is a favorite.

I like to watch TV series but I have a full life. So I tend to binge watch series when I have a block of time.rather than watching something weekly.

Treats

I like chocolate really all kinds, although I really don't like white chocolate much. But I LOVE things sweet and salty. I am GLUTEN FREE so I need to be careful there is no wheat in my snacks. I also like chocolate covered cherries. I also like to try unusual snacks that I can't locally get or are unavailable in the United States. I am adventurous but again I am GLUTEN FREE. Plus I have a husband and he will appreciate any sweets or snacks I don't like:)

I love lip balm and gloss in fun flavors. I am also fond of burt's bees products.

Dislikes

These are not really dislikes but things I am not that interested in... Disney items (although I love Alice in Wonderland), ATC's unless of course it is an ATC swap (just because I have so many), white chocolate, anything wintergreen flavored, foam stickers, & teacher reward stickers.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the lovely doddle on the black out PC.
Response: Glad you liked it and thank you for the rating and heart. I find these challenging but enjoy them.
Ac2052 rated for CPG - Mystery Supply #2 - USA on Jul 16, 2024
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Comment: I love how you used the mystery supply item! So quirky, and right up my alley! I also did a bit of research on the book series you recommended (Strung). That series sounds like just the type of book I would enjoy! Creepy and intriguing! I ordered the first book in the series and it should be delivered tomorrow!!! Thanks so much for the suggestion! ❤️
Response: So glad you liked it!! The book series are short books and a quick read. Hope you like them:) thank you for the rating and the heart.
nanapal rated for AAHMPC: Flower Doodle PC - July on Jul 14, 2024
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Comment: Thanks! Your flower doodles turned out great and I love the colors!
Response: I am glad you liked it. Thank you for the rating and the heart:)
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Comment: Hi Laura! Thanks so much for making not ONE, but TWO of these sweet pocket folders! Love the themes and papers you chose and all the great goodies to use in my crafty adventures.
Response: They were so easy and fun to make, I ended up making a bunch to use swaps, Glad you liked everything and thank you for the rating and the heart.
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Comment: OMG! These puzzle pieces are so wonderful! Thank you so much for making pieces so special to me. I love the dragon and the octopus tentacles. Aloha!
Response: So glad you liked them. Felt since I was doing two this round, I wanted to get inspired by your profile. Thank you for the rating and the heart:)
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Comment: Thank you
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart
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Comment: Thank you for understanding, the bags I sent you were really fun to make. Have a great day
Response: You didn't send to me, but I do hope you enjoyed what I sent to you. Thank you for the rating and heart.
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Response: thank you for the rating and the heart:)
bluerose3 rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #9 on Jul 2, 2024
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Comment: Thank you. Love what you sent. Will be trying the lapsang souchong tea soon.
Response: So glad you liked your happy mail and hope the tea is to your liking. Happy Swapping, thank you for the rating and the heart.
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Comment: Thanks so much! Can't wait to use the amazing pages <3
Response: So glad you like them. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
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Comment: Thank you!! I'll be sure to get this one moving so you can get it back! Thanks so much!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. Look forward to getting it back when it is finished.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful floral themed pocket with flower goodies 🌸
Response: So glad you liked it! thank you for the rating and the heart.
feverfawn rated for JLG: Asemic Creation (1:1) on Jun 26, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely asemic postcard creation! It looks very nice and love the dream dictionary pages you included as well. Your handmade envelope is cool too - what is it made of? Love the postage stamps as well. Nice to see another NC swapper - I've been to Wilmington several times!
Response: Glad you liked it. I love it here in Wilmington and I have friends who live in Cary but I have not been to visit them yet. The envelope was made from a shopping bag from Tommy Bahama, Just thought it was cool and heavy duty to protect swaps. I enjoy recycling things in to mail art when I can. Thank you for the kind words and the heart. Happy Swapping.
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Comment: Nice!! I too am looking forward to seeing the whole puzzle. Have a great summer friend! TYVM
Response: Glad you liked it. I am looking forward to see the whole puzzle as well. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
DragonflyDaisy rated for Make a smoosher and use it! on Jun 24, 2024
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Comment: WOW! The card you made is gorgeous as well as the matching envelope! I love the colors you used and are you kidding me - you hand drew the jellyfish 🪼 LOVE it! 😍 You are very talented! Thanks for joining my swap and crafting with me. See you in the swaps again soon! 😀
Response: Thank you for your sweet words rating and heart. I am glad you liked everything. Love swaps like this that out me outside my comfort zone trying new things.
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Comment: Thank you for joining the puzzle 🧩 collab. I love the collaged puzzle piece you made for me. Can’t wait to see them all together. See you in the swaps again soon! 😀
Response: Thank you for the rating an the heart and yes can't wait to see them all together.
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Comment: Thank you for such a lovely swap! I love the variety of book pages you sent and the cute envie goodies for journaling too! I am sitting here wishing we were at the huge table in your greatroom, crafting together!!! I was so excited to find your swap in my box! Missing you LOTS! xx
Response: I wish we were still close enough to craft together too. I really do miss you. One of my favorite people in the world. We really should just penpal back and forth to keep in touch and have fun with happy mail surprises.
Lobo816 rated for Altered Puzzle Piece Collaboration on Jun 22, 2024
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Comment: Hi Laura-Received your puzzle piece and love it!! I like the way you made the bird raised off the surface!! Sorry my pieces were delayed getting to me so I haven’t started working on them yet!!❤️
Response: So glad you liked it. I am having fun seeing each piece as they come in. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
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Comment: Thanks so much I love these pockets!
Response: So glad you liked them. I have been making little folders and pockets a lot lately. So easy and keep things organized. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
LeslieLovesMail82 rated for TC: Envelope flipbook on Jun 22, 2024
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Comment: Hi Laura! I just love the envelope flipbook and all of the goodies that you included :-) Thank you so much for the lovely happy mail!
Response: Glad you liked it. The flip books are easy and fun to make. thank you for the rating and the heart.

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Comments

Rainydancer on May 8, 2024:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

ScrapHappyGabi on Jan 1, 2024:

May 2024 bring you and your loved ones a year full of love, laughter and good health!!

xx Gabi

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2023:

Laura and Family

May your Christmas be filled with lots of love and joy and the new year bring you lots of good luck and good health! xx Gabi

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ladydy5 on Apr 25, 2023:

Welcome to our group Artistically Inclined.
Good bunch of members here.

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 1, 2023:

Happy April 1st!!! xx

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